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BGAV Ministerial Scholarship Recipient: Brendan Jamieson

Through Cooperative Missions offerings, the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) provides scholarships and ministerial education funds for eligible Virginia Baptist students who need aid in financing their education. BGAV Scholarships and Ministerial Education Funds can help students earn an undergraduate degree, pursue undergraduate or graduate education in preparation for vocational ministry, or access training and continuing education opportunities.

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Tony Brooks: Training on the Go

Time is a precious commodity. We all have the same amount of time each day, but many are pulled outside of work and leisure. Some are raising children and involved in their many activities. Some are caring for parents or even grandparents along with doing their everyday work. Though I still think every Sunday School/small group leader should be involved with at least one training event each year, I believe we need to help provide some training on the go!

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Ed Jordan: It’s Time for Climate Change

The emotional climate of our culture today needs some climate change. We need to become a part of changing the mood and atmosphere of our culture. In today’s column we will consider how to purposely begin changing our focus and filters with which we look at—and relate to—the world.

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Winfree Memorial Baptist Church Celebrates David Benjamin’s 10th Anniversary

Posted: 1/23/19 at 2:00pm. Recently Winfree Memorial Baptist Church in Midlothian, VA, celebrated the 10th anniversary of their pastor, Dr. David Benjamin. Winfree Church, constituted in 1852 and renamed in 1925 to honor two former pastors by that name, has been on mission to reach its community for Christ ever since its founding. As they reflected on their last ten …

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Tony Brooks: Sunday School and the Great Commandment

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40 I must admit that Sunday School and discipleship in many churches have lost focus and need serious revamping. Here are some of the problems and what I believe the current solution to be.

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via V3: Spiritual Friendship

Discerning God’s direction in life is tricky business. The culture that surrounds us, the opinions and prerogatives of others, and the noise of our own hearts makes it difficult to hear God’s path many times. We need friends to help us listen to God, navigate the complexities of life, and go on the discernment journey with us.

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Church Internship Grants: A New Opportunity

A new opportunity, made possible by the BGAV Scholarships and Ministerial Education Funds, was unveiled at the 2018 BGAV Annual Meeting. Grant applications opened this week for churches who want to provide internship opportunities in ministry settings. Churches must commit to funding at least 50 percent of the total internship costs in order to pursue receiving a grant.

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Tony Brooks: Sunday School: Missional or Discipleship?

There is an ongoing debate about the validity of Sunday School in the present time. Many people believe that because of the decline in its numbers and its relatively inept function in some churches that Sunday School is dead. I must admit that Sunday School and discipleship in many churches have lost focus and need serious revamping. Here are some of the problems and what I believe the current solution to be.

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